Wings Financial CU Offers Competitive 5-Year CD


Availability: Easy Membership Requirement

Earlier this year, Wings Financial Credit Union (Wings Financial) added a 5-year Share Certificate with three rate tiers: 1.96% APY ($500), 2.02% APY ($10k), and 2.07% APY ($90k). Earned dividends can be paid on either a monthly or quarterly basis.

The 5-year Share Certificate is also available as an IRA (Traditional, Roth, and CESA), with the same rate tiers and minimum deposit requirements.

As stated on Wings Financial’s Most Requested Info page, the Early Withdrawal Penalty reads as follows:

Term 12 months or greater = Loss of amount equivalent 2 years’ dividends (730 days)


Headquartered in Apple Valley, Minnesota, Wings Financial Credit Union’s field of membership includes virtually anyone:

Easy Membership: As stated on Wings Financial’s online application, “I would like to become a member of Wings Financial Credit Union by making a donation of at least $5 to the Wings Financial Foundation."

Residency: Individuals who live or work in the 13 counties in the Minneapolis-St. Paul (MN) metro area, or the Seattle-Tacoma (WA) metro area are eligible to join.

Employment: Individuals who work or have worked in the aviation industry nationwide qualify for membership.

Relationship: Immediate family members of current Wing Financial members are eligible to join.

Joining Wings Financial and opening a 5-year Share Certificate can be done online or at any of 21 branches located in Florida, Georgia, Michigan (2), Minnesota (16), and Washington.

N.B. - According to the About Membership page:

If you have an existing relationship with Wings Financial, you will not be able to
use our online membership application. (Example: If you are joint on an account,
but you are not a member of Wings.) Please call Member Services for assistance.

Credit Union Overview

Wings Financial Credit Union (NCUA Charter # 68601) has an overall health grade of "A+" at, with a Texas ratio of 0.99% (excellent) based on March 31, 2016 data. In the past year, Wings Financial has increased its total deposits by $149.126 million, an excellent annual growth rate of 4.21%. Please refer to our financial overview of Wings Financial Credit Union for more details.

Wings Financial Credit Union was originally founded in 1938 as Northwest Airlines Credit Union by seven airline employees. In the past five years, Wings Financial has merged with the St. Paul-based Highgrove Community Credit Union and the Minneapolis-based City-County Federal Credit Union to become the nation’s 33rd largest credit union, with over 206,800 members and assets in excess of $4.3 billion.

How the CD Compares

When compared to the 134 similar length-of-term CDs tracked by that are available nationwide, Wings Financial Credit Union's 5-year Share Certificate currently ranks in the top eight, regardless of minimum deposit. The following is a sampling of those eight CDs.

The above rates are accurate as of 7/25/2016.

To look for the best CD rates, both nationwide and in your state, please refer to our CD rates table, or our Rates Map page.

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I've been a Wing's customer (formerly named Northwest Airlines CU) for 20 years. When their early withdrawal penalties on CDs quadrupled from 6-month to 2-years, they lost all my CD money to Ally which offers a slightly higher rate plus only a 5-month penalty.
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